TE Kellen Winslow (knee) did not practice on Wednesday.
CB Antonio Cromartie (hip), WR Santonio Holmes (foot, hamstring), WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (wrist) were all limited.
G Willie Colon (calf), DT Kenrick Ellis (back), WR Stephen Hill (knee), RB Chris Ivory (ankle), C Nick Mangold (wrist), LB Garrett McIntyre (knee), CB Dee Milliner (wrist), WR Greg Salas (finger) and QB Geno Smith (right wrist) all fully participated on Wednesday.
Roof with another one of his entertaining photo essasys from this past weekend’s matchup between the Jets and Dolphins over at his site, Lola Sports Talk.
Larry Hardesty joins Jets Extra Point to discuss Rex Ryan’s decision to stick with Geno Smith at quarterback, and other topics:
One small piece of roster news this morning:
The Jets have signed linebacker Tim Fugger to the practice squad to replace Lansanah.
Lansanah had a decent preseason as a backup inside linebacker, but more importantly on the special teams coverage units, where the Jets are struggling for bodies with Garrett McIntyre out, Troy Davis and Antwan Barnes on injured reserve and Ricky Sapp gone. The injuries to Konrad Reuland and Josh Cribbs didn’t help in this regard either and the Jets had to play the likes of David Harris, Caleb Schlauderaff and Dawan Landry in unfamiliar roles on Sunday to make up for this.
However, when a player is acquired from another team’s practice squad, it’s generally protocol for that player to approach the existing team to see if they will activate that player themselves and the fact they didn’t perhaps isn’t surprising because adding a 28-year old to the active roster would be more of a short term move. Also, he has the same agent as Ryan Spadola, who you’ll recall didn’t even realize the Jets would have re-signed him until he was already in Miami, so maybe the Jets weren’t even given this option.
Lansanah is guaranteed to be on the Bucs roster for at least three games, so this pretty much ensures he’ll remain there until the end of the season so they can retain his rights.
The Jets announced that they have signed free agent return specialist Darius Reynaud to their active roster to replace the injured Josh Cribbs. Jets fans might not know much about Reynaud, so I’ve been reviewing footage from the past few seasons to try and assess what he brings to the table.
The 28-year old Reynaud is a 5’9″ and 201-pound return specialist who was an undrafted free agent wide receiver in 2008 out of West Virginia. However, since entering the league, he’s mainly been used as a running back whenever he has played on offense. He’s best known as a kick returner and has three career touchdowns, all of them in 2012, when he led the NFL in combined kick and punt return yards and was second in the league for yards per touch.
After the jump, a review of Reynaud’s career and observations from having looked at film from the last few seasons to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.
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The Jets signed kick returner Darius Reynaud (Breer) and placed Josh Cribbs on the injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Reynaud was released from the Titans in late October.
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Reynaud played collegiately at WVU, but has kicked around the NFL as a running back / return specialist since 2008 with the Vikings, Giants and Titans. Don’t be surprised if Reynaud doesn’t see both work on punts and kicks.
Josh Cribbs might not have been lighting opponents up, but at the very least he wasn’t a risk when it came to decision making and ball-handling. Reynaud was cut by the Titans for just that as a returner that ended up costing the Titans twice this season. Against the Niners and facing a 14 point deficit, Reynaud muffed a punt that Kassim Osgood then recovered to put the game out of reach. Back on September 8th against Pittsburgh, Reynaud also made an error when he fielded the opening kickoff and brought the ball across the goal line before returning to the end zone and downing it for a Pittsburgh safety.
Of course, with all risk there has to be some reward. In 2012, Reynaud had three returns (two on punts and one on kicks) for touchdowns as a Titan. Assuming that Reynaud can hang onto the ball and not make mental errors, he could provide a speed boost to the team’s return game.
GEICO SportsNite has an interview with Rex Ryan as the Jets prepare to take on the Raiders on Sunday.
Recent acquisition Josh Cribbs left Sunday’s game in the second quarter and was spotted in a sling after the game. While no one has said outright what might happen, Cribbs’ injury is reported to be season-ending.
“I think it’s pretty bad,” Ryan told reporters on Monday. “I think it’s pretty serious.”
Cribbs had averaged 24.5 yards on kickoff returns and returned eight punts for 96 yards. Cribbs also saw playing time in Wildcat / Option packages to some success, most notably his pass to Geno Smith a few weeks back.
In Cribbs’ stead, Cromartie returned kicks while Kyle Wilson took on punts. When asked about what the Jets might do going forward, coach Rex Ryan said that “we’ll take a look at our options … certainly Cro did a tremendous job back there but he is our best corner. We’ll take a look at our options.”
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Using Cromartie going forward would be unwise. With the team all but out of the playoffs there’s no reason to risk Cromartie. WR Jeremy Kerley is supposed to return this week hell or highwater, so look for him to be involved in some form or fashion with special teams. Also look for the Jets to bring in some players on tryouts today and to potentially sign a player off the streets to potentially compete as one of the team’s returners.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe Jets have already refused to make a major changes this week at the quarterback spot against the Raiders, but here’s three moves we think the team should make but likely won’t due to front office politics or just plain stubbornness.
Move #1: Give safety Antonio Allen most of his playing time back
We were big fans of the Ed Reed signing when the Jets made it. We would be bigger fans of the move had the Jets not been so stubborn and ham-handed in their use of the future Hall of Famer. All that using Reed as a full-time player has done for the Jets is make the whole unit worse by adding a player with a fraction of his former abilities to the most central role thereby making Dawan Landry take on new roles and force out the only young dynamic athlete of the group. It might have been something that the Jets could get away with with strong corners like in years past, but without that element, the whole thing is failing badly.
True, Antonio Allen’s first year as a starter wasn’t always flawless, but has Rex Ryan already forgotten that Allen was a big part of the Jets win over the Patriots? The team is stubbornly playing Reed a majority of the snaps. To the world this looks like the Emporer’s New Clothes, though the Jets abrupt move to Cover Two might be the first sign of modesty. The day Reed arrived, he told the press he’d be willing to play whatever role the team laid out for him. That role should not be as a full time starter and those snaps should go to the only man on the roster who has the speed, size and athleticism to help at this point, Antonio Allen.
The Likely Result: The Jets might work Allen in a bit more, but not enough to paper over the problems that Ryan’s use of Reed has compounded on this already leaky secondary.
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